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Wed, June 26

The Hot Spot: Feeling Warsaw

Warsaw Poland Brothers

Warsaw Poland Brothers

Some people like punk and ska. Others swear by reggae, while a select few prefer to listen to Celtic classics. But what happens when you mix all those genres together? Well, the Warsaw Poland Brothers are doing exactly that, with the most fantastic results. Saturday was the second time I was able to observe them perform, and (unbelievably) I actually liked them even more than I did the first time around.

Comprising Aaron Poland (vox, guitar), Drago (trombone), Stash (drums), and Andy (Bass), the Warsaw Boland Brothers put on a show that will certainly make you a believer in music fusion. It truly seems counter-intuitive to meld such vastly different music genres, not just within the framework of a show (playing songs from different musical styles), but as the building block for the individual songs themselves. And yet, these guys make it work. Each individual member of the band is tremendously talented and they really feed off each other, making their show a very memorable event.

They have a very large following, and Annie's Attic was packed. I couldn't get off that dance floor for the life of me. Their music just reaches out like so many fingers, until it hooks your soul and it won't let go. Within each song, the boys segue from style to style effortlessly, and their audience follows without hesitation. Warsaw Poland Brothers is a truly phenomenal band, and I encourage you all to go see them the next time they're gracing us with their presence. I personally can't wait to watch them perform again.

Coyote Joe's featured The CheekTones on the patio ... with a slightly different line-up. Sitting in for Brian Moss was the incredibly talented Drew Hall of Big Daddy D & the Dynamites fame. And taking Gary Ukura's throne for the evening was up-and-coming young drummer, Sonny Campbell ... also of Big Daddy D. I love how so many of our local musicians prove their versatility by being able to sit in with different bands and never skip a beat. Saturday night was no exception. Having had only one hour of practice with the featured line-up, the guys all played together seamlessly.

Combo Deluxe entertained at Jersey Lilly's, and naturally a crowd of people took over the dance floor. Llory McDonald, Combo's irrepressibly free-spirited front woman, had everybody in stitches with her usual tongue-in-cheek commentary. This band has very quickly become one of my favorites and I always look forward to seeing them perform.

Busy weekend ahead! The Raven features The Drew Hall/Anton Teshner Acoustic Duo with special guest Gary Regina (sax) on Friday from 8pm on. Also Friday night, Coyote Joe's hosts the fabulous band Flash Molasses on the patio, starting at 7 p.m. At the Birdcage you can see Six Feet both Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Saturday night will find The CheekTones on the patio at CoJoe's beginning at 8 p.m., and the band All Good Things at Annie's Attic at 9 p.m.

And if you need something awesome to do for Saturday afternoon, check out Granite Creek Vineyards in Chino Valley, where Irish crooner Karl Jones will perform from 1 to 4p.m.

Another full weekend, I had better see you all somewhere! Ciao!


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